Adult Spanish Winter Classes

As part of our expanded programming in 2018, our Adult Spanish Language Class will have beginner and intermediate levels beginning February 13.

Beginner Level: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30pm
Intermediate Level: Tuesdays, 6:45-7:45pm

The program, taught by Sonia Cintron, offers adult learners an opportunity to develop and enhance their conversational Spanish skills. Students learn to express themselves in real life situations and improve their Spanish language skills for work, travel, or just for fun! Lessons include grammar and vocabulary as well as an introduction to arts and culture from different countries. Adults and high school students are welcome. Students’ work will be celebrated May 1 at an event for participants.

To register email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library. Students from past classes should register so that we know they will be returning to class. This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.


We’re Kicking Off Our New Seven-Day Schedule with a Library Lovers Month Celebration!

The library will offer programs and services seven days a week beginning Sunday, February 11! As of February 11, the library’s hours will be Sunday, 1-4pm; Monday, 9am-5pm; Tuesday & Wednesday, 9am-8pm; Thursday & Friday, 9am-5pm; and Saturday, 10am-3pm. These expanded hours are made possible with the generous support of friends and neighbors in Hudson who voted yes for the library’s community-based funding initiative at the voting booth this past November. For the City of Hudson and the surrounding area to have a library open every day of the week is something of which the citizens in this area can all be proud.

The library will offer special programming to celebrate both Library Lovers Month and the new seven day schedule on Sunday, February 11. In addition, the library will waive up to $5 in overdue fines to any patron, upon request, who visits during the open hours on this special day.

The library’s special celebratory schedule is as follows:

  1. The Friends of the Hudson Area Library, who have been a great support to the library with volunteer help, financial support and programming, will offer free, delectable home baked refreshments.
  2. Pamela Badila will present Folktales & Stories for Children & Families at 1pm, featuring folktales from around the world. This special story hour, which will be held every Sunday at 1pm, will give families the opportunity to explore stories, told through generations, that form the traditions and ethics of particular cultures.
  3. In the library’s History Room, the library has the volunteer services of Tom Buckner, a local photographer. Visitors to the library on February 11 are invited to find themselves or a loved one in the library’s Hudson High School Yearbook collection and have their picture taken alongside the graduation photo. Thanks to Library Clerk Anne Terwilliger and History Room volunteer, Dan Miller, the library now has over 100 years of Hudson High School Yearbooks in their History Room collection (1914 – 2017). This is a free service. The library will send participants the digital file for their use. To make an appointment for a photo session email with your name, the yearbook date and name of person in the photo and the library will schedule an appointment.
  4. NorthWinds, a trio of bassoonists, will perform and also discuss the bassoon as instrument at 4pm in the main library. This bassoon ensemble, comprised of John Douglas Ferrigno, Cornelia McGiver, and Nora Post, brings out the jaunty, the moody, the serene, and the serious natures of the instrument in an accessible manner for the audience.

These celebratory events are free and open to the public. The library is wheelchair accessible. For more information email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.


Local History Speaker Series: The History of the Black Community in Hudson

From the collection of Toni Cross, Shiloh Baptist Church, 1954

Our next Local History Speaker series is a collaboration with the SBK Social Justice Center’s Barbershop Talks. “The History of the Black Community in Hudson” will take place in the Library’s Community Room on Thursday, February 8 at 6pm.

Local long-time Hudson residents will speak on their roots in and/or migration to Hudson. They will discuss remembrances of  the Hudson they grew up in and what Hudson is like now. These local recollections of family, community, and civic life will be explored in relation to public affairs issues around the topics of education, criminal justice, health and human services, and quality of life on the local, state, and national level, with an emphasis on how it affects minorities and people of color. Continue reading


New Expanded Hours for Minecraft Club


Our Minecraft Club, where kids and teens get to play and battle together on our special servers, has been such a huge success that we’re expanding our once-a-week session into Wednesday and Saturday sessions. Explore, gather resources, and survive against monsters that creep, crawl, and explode!

The club will meet Wednesdays 3:30-5pm beginning January 3, led by our Tech Services and Reference Librarian, Paul Tombrello, and Saturdays 12 – 2pm beginning January 6, with Sonia Ruscoe, artist and game enthusiast based in Hudson. These two sessions are part of our expanded programming for 2018.  Continue reading


All Things Apple Winter Session

We are offering another series of All Things Apple on Mondays, 6 – 7pm. Each Monday will be about a particular Apple topic.

January 8: iMac/Macbook basics
January 15: iTunes
January 22: iPhoto
January 29: IOS Devices  

It is recommended that attendees bring their devices and there will be Macbooks and iMacs available for use in the class. All levels, including beginners, are welcome.  Continue reading


Bengali Bandhan

Bengali Bandhan classes continues with a new meeting time: Fridays 4 – 5pm January 5 – February 9. After these sessions, classes may be resuming again in the spring so please do check back for further information. These classes, taught by MD Gazi and Kaniz Fatema, are open to school aged children and the general public.

Students will learn how to read, write, and speak in Bengali. There are also lessons on Bangladeshi culture through shared stories, poems, songs, dance, and arts and crafts. Students’ work will be celebrated in April at an event for participants and their families.

This program is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. To register email, call 518.828.1792 x101, or visit the main desk in the library.


NEW! Nonfiction Book Group at the Library

As part of our expanded programming in 2018, we will be hosting a new nonfiction book group focused on history and social and political life in North America. The group will utilize the best in nonfiction books chosen by the participants to explore issues that are topical today.

All are welcome with the hope that we will impact each other through discussion and community. The group will meet monthly on a Thursday 6 – 7:30pm. The first three meeting dates are: January 18, February 15, and March 15, 2018. Mark Orton, a member of the library board, will be the moderator for discussions. Continue reading


A Thousand Splendid Suns: Opera at the Library!

By now, many of you know that we are hosting a workshop performance of a brand new opera based on Khaled Hosseini’s book A Thousand Splendid Suns. Showcasing this “work in progress” is a great opportunity for our library. Not only is the book a bestseller, but the composer and librettist have each received awards for their earlier works. And, the opera has just been picked up for the 2020 season by Seattle Opera!

Stephen Kitsakos and Sheila Silver appeared on WAMC Public Radio’s The Roundtable to talk about this new work. Click Here to listen to the archive of the interview.

Film Screening of Act I: Thursday, November 9, 6pm

Workshop Performances of Act II: Saturday, November 18, 1pm & 4pm

There is no charge, but reservations are requested. 

To reserve seats for the November 9 film screening of Act I (performed at Manhattan’s Trinity Church last year, pictured above), email, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the front desk of the library. 

To reserve seats for the 1pm or 4pm workshop performances of Act II on November 18 CLICK HERE.